The works presented in the exhibition “INLAND, SEAWARD – The Transcoastal Project” closes the first year of a new three years cycle of Transitional Territories Studio on the de- / re-territorialization of places, structures and cultures between land and sea.

For the academic year 2020-2021, Transitional Territories studio of the TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft, focused on the geographic space of four climate zones, informed by four lines of inquiry (matter-topos-habitat-geopolitics) and identified scales and subjects of concern. The studio collectively envisioned the possibility and acceptance of diverse forms of inhabitation between land and water—seeking a revised balance between society and nature. The research on the state of the territorial project was developed in collaboration with Diploma Unit 9 at the Architectural Association, School of Architecture, London. The Unit develops projects on a territorial scale, with a strong focus on spatial diagnostics and territorial transformation. At the heart of the studios lies the idea that crises should be revealed and designed rather than latent and suffered.


Transitional Territories is an interdisciplinary design studio focusing on the notion of territory as a constructed project across scales, subjects and media. In particular, the studio focuses on the agency of design in territories at risk between land and water (maritime, riverine, delta landscapes), and the dialectical (or inseparable) relation between nature and culture.

The studio explores through cross-disciplinary knowledge (theory, material practice, design and representation) pathways of inquiry and action by building upon Delta Urbanism research tradition, yet moving beyond conventional methods and concepts. During the graduation year, students develop an analytic, critical and conceptual approach to design by means of system and data analysis, critical cartography, scenario planning and new media. The scales of individual projects vary from buildings and (infra)structures to entire landscapes and regions. The theoretical discourse to which the studio refers includes notions of critical zones, territorialism, infrastructure space, (landscape) ecology, environmental risk and transition theory. The studio builds upon a collaborative platform (science, engineering, technology and arts) on ways of seeing, mapping, projecting change and critically acting on urbanized landscapes. At the core of the Delta Urbanism Research Group (Section of Urban Design), the studio is embedded within/and supported by the interdisciplinary TU Delft Delta Futures Lab, working in close collaboration with the Faculties of Civil Engineering and Geosciences and Technology, Policy and Management (TUD).


Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

Transitional Territories Graduation Studio 2020/2021

Inland, Seaward

Studio Leader
Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin

Studio Coordinators
Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
Luisa Maria Calabrese

Instructors | Mentors
(first/second mentors)
Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
Luisa Maria Calabrese
Fransje Hooimeijer
Diego Sepulveda Carmona
Daniele Cannatella
Denise Piccinini
Joep Storms
Nikki Brand
Marcin Dabrowski

Graduation Sections | Chairs
Urban Design
Spatial Planning & Strategy
Environmental Modelling
Landscape Architecture




Inland Seaward, The Transcoastal Project




Transitional Territories
Jānis Bērziņš | Hadrien Cassan | Laura Conijn |Cas Goselink | Jurriënne Heijnen | Marijne Kreulen | Lucas Meneses Di Gioia Ferreira | Kinga Murawska | Asmita Puspasari | Zhongjing Zhang


Pantopia / AA Diploma 9: The Third Territorial Attractor
Vasilis Appios | Luciana Bondio | Jasmine Chui Lam Chung | Romain Conti-Granteral | Philip Nazih Gharios | Jia Wei Huang | Vic Sheng-ya Huang | Hendrick Hing Chun Lin | Romain Rihouet | Andrew Robertson | Ezgi Terzioglu | Zi Min Ting | Mohamad Riad Yassine

Unit masters: Stefan Laxness and Antoine Vaxelaire



Curated by
TT Studio
Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin | Luisa Maria Calabrese

Graphic Design / Website
Robert Reinartz | Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin



The exhibition opened on July 8th 2021 with the invited design critics Laura Cipriani (TU Delft, Landscape Architecture), Nikos Katsikis (TU Delft Urban Design), Stefan Laxness and Antoine Vaxelaire (Architectural Association, School of Architecture, London).